Doing something new every day – it’s getting tough now as I’m struggling for ideas….

I am attempting to do something new every day in a challenge to motivate myself through lockdown 3.0.

What is becoming patently obvious is that it’s getting harder and harder to invent new things for me to attempt, esp as they have to be easy, quick and within 5km of my house. Last night, I fancied myself a learner of sign language. However, this is how you say hello in sign language: you wave. I felt like a cheater-pants. Husband and myself were knackered and desperate to watch tv, yet somehow I managed to cajole him into accompanying me singing “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht”, in German.

Apparently when you sing with someone, your brainwaves synch up. That may have occurred last night but its difficult to tell since by 9pm our brain activity was already exceptionally low. However, the singing did have a certain calming effect, so that was nice.   

Anywho, back to the problem at hand – low idea generation. I was always the type of person to say yes to stuff which means I attended a “Circus Skills” day with my friend for her birthday, which covered juggling, trapezing and tightrope walking. I have learned the basics of the piano, guitar, tin whistle, drums, violin and a drunken foray into the harp. I’ve climbed stupid heights even though I have a pre-exisiting fear of them. I’ve jumped out of a plane and I’ve flown a plane (passed out doing both so I have no makings of a terrorist). I’ve knitted badly and sung awfully in public. I danced. I surfed. I boxed. I’ve yoga-ed, pilate-ed, body combatted etc etc… my way through a gym.

Basically, if I ever sat next to someone and they started a question with “do you want to try…”, my answer was usually affirmative. Except bungee jumping. I’ve never wanted to do that and fortunately was always wearing a skirt when the opportunity arose, which makes saying ‘no’ quite easy.

So last night, we had a brainstorming session (aka said “will you help me please please please please pleeeeeeaasssseee?”). Here is what we got:

The only one I really like is the one where I give 20 euros to a homeless person. I’ve always bought homeless people food. It would be good to just give cash once. I will definitely do that, next time I’m allowed more than 5km from my home and can get into town.

In the meantime, a couple of other firsts happened recently which I completely forgot to mention. I was on tv!! I have no idea how I forgot to include that one. I was interviewed on Virgin Media as part of a piece about how lockdown is affecting children. I was on the air for at least eight seconds and all of one person we know saw it. I’m pretty much famous now.

For Valentine’s day, and in utter boredom, my son became a card factory. He was determined to give everyone a card who needed some love so he asked me who the “Boss of Ireland” was. I told him and he made him a dinosaur card. In rather a flippant mood, I posted it off to Leinster House, mainly because my son insisted on putting it in the letterbox. I have never sent anything to any politician in my life. Then this morning, we received a lovely reply. Who knew the leader of our country had time to reply to a five year old boy? I know he didn’t, but it’s still incredibly sweet and brought a great buzz to our little household this morning.

Unfortunately my son, with puffed-out chest, has since made two more art works for Mr Martin.. I’m not sure what to do about that, oh well. That’s a problem for another day.

My New Stuff Diary:

Day 1: went to a local park to which I’d never been. I was on tv!!! Virgin Media One. Woohoo.

Day 2: Cooked asparagus (yes I’ve eaten asparagus before but for some reason had always been scared of cooking it)

Day 3: Read a French poem – Demain, des l’aube by Victor Hugo. It is simple yet astonishingly beautiful.

Day 4: Cooked chicken tikka masala pg 121 Mary Berry

Day 5: Brainwashed myself into enjoying homeschooling

Day 6: Took a break – yippee!

Day 7: Cooked chilli con carne pg 155 Mary Berry

Day 8: Wrote a proper love letter

Day 9: Learned how to play sodoku

Day 10: Learned how to say hello in Chinese – Nin hao!

Day 11: Cooked a Chicken with Pesto, Taleggio and Roasted Tomatoes pg 111 Mary Berry

Day 12: Break day. Phew.

Day 13: Bought flowers for a man (my husband but I’ve never done that before for any man)

Day 14: Stayed in bed all day – duvet day – first time I’ve ever done that as a mom

Day 15: Learned to say hello in Korean – “anyeonghaseyo baeuda”

Day 16: Cooked Sun-blushed Tomato and herb chicken pg 108 Mary Berry

Day 17: Cooked salmon with asparagus with a basil sauce pg 195 Mary Berry

Day 18: Took a break

Day 19: Baked muffins – white chocolate and strawberry pg 330 Mary Berry

Day 20: Did an 8 minute Zumba online lesson and also learned a haka

Day 21: Made Spaghetti with king prawn and tomatoes pg 209 Mary Berry

Day 22: Broke covid rules

Day 23: Did a full proper yoga session while also minding my kids – incredibly stressful yet worthwhile

Day 24: Sang a song in German (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht)

Day 25: Cooked Sardinian Chicken pg 117 and our family received our first prime minister correspondence (of many I’m sure ha ha ha).

I am attempting to complete 7 resolutions over 6 days for 5 weeks:

  1. Continued embargo on crisps, fancy cheese and booze (except those used in cooking)
  2. Meditate for ten minutes
  3. Go for a run or a walk
  4. Do something new – I’ve never done before.
  5. Clean the kitchen every evening
  6. Do at least 5 sun salutations every morning
  7. No eating after 7pm (except Friday & Saturday)

Published by gillsheeran

Former CFO/COO who quit my job to emotionally support my family at the start of the pandemic.

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